"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function."-- Unknown
I saw this quote today and at first I was going to agree with it. With the aloof nature of cats, one can wonder "well what is its function?" Then, Monkee came up to me with a little trill in his voice going "mommy!" That's when I said, yes cats do have a function: special companions for humans.
Over the years I've met a lot of people who said "oh I hate cats," but I doubt that they've actually took the time to understand the role of the cat. Once you get past this detached veneer, they really are the ideal companion. Unlike dogs, cats are much more independent. Yes, dogs are fun, cute, and great pets. I plan on having one in the future. But their whole purpose in life is to make their humans happy. If the humans are happy, the puppies are happy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this.
Cats, on the other hand, aren't that outward in their purpose. My Ayla is a perfect example. This is the grouchiest, grumpiest cat you'll ever meet. You even look at her the wrong way, she'll give you this snarky "what the %$#& are you looking at?" sort of look. But, and she'll never admit this, she can be the most loveable cat. She has that facade of being a grump, but for the people she loves she's willing to put it down.
What am I trying to say? To me, getting love and affection from cats is special to me. While a dog will give kisses to practically everybody, I know my cats are only willing to share their affection to a select few and that makes me feel special. Does that make sense?
Then again, Phoebe loves everybody and everything. She's more like a dog than any other cat I've ever met.